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EP/K503228/1 - COATED: Centre Of Advanced Training for Engineering Doctorates

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Dr JH Sullivan EP/K503228/1 - COATED: Centre Of Advanced Training for Engineering Doctorates

Training Grant Holder - School of Engineering, Swansea University

Other Investigators

Dr D Penney, Co InvestigatorDr D Penney

Scheme

CDT - NR1

Research Areas

Manufacturing Technologies Manufacturing Technologies

Optical Devices and Subsystems Optical Devices and Subsystems

Materials For Energy Applications Materials For Energy Applications

Collaborators

University of Oxford University of Oxford

University of Bath University of Bath

Tata Steel UK Tata Steel UK

Sandvik Materials Technology Sandvik Materials Technology

LUX-TSI LUX-TSI

Imperial College London Imperial College London

EM Coatings EM Coatings

BASF AG BASF AG

Start Date

10/2012

End Date

03/2019

Value

£886,741

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Grant Description

Summary and Description of the grant

Swansea University is the host for the EPSRC/TSB funded Innovation and Knowledge centre, the Sustainable Product
Engineering Centre for Innovative Functional Industrial Coatings (SPECIFIC). The SPECIFIC IKC has ambitious targets to
create a new billion pound industry sector built on the principle of buildings as power-stations. The core collaborative
partners include leading UK research institutes (e.g. ICL and Bath Universities) and internationally leading industry groups
(e.g. Tata, BASF and Pilkington). Critically, the IKC is established after 9 months of operation in a purpose designed facility
including state of the art labs and scale up facilities (a pilot production line) with industry and academic team members
working together in a true open innovation model. Having established the centre and the core partnerships it is clear that to
deliver the ambitious targets and create the new UK lead industry in functionally coated construction products the key final
ingredient is the people. Whilst the existing team funded by EPSRC, TSB, the University and Industry is quite small (19
people in totality) the IKC is supported by a larger cohort of research students (currently 32 funded largely through ESF
sources). It is this critical mass of young, enthusiastic, open minded individuals that catalyses the atmosphere and initial
successes of the IKC. It is the aim for COATED that we can build on this initial momentum and support three entries of
seven EngD students onto a new EngD programme based entirely on functional coatings. We have secured the support of
the Welsh European funding office (WEFO) and Swansea University for one third of the funds. Our industry partners have
committed one third of the funds and as such we feel the proposal represents good economic value to EPSRC. This
EPSRC funding will be critical in enabling research partnerships with universities outside Wales (such as ICL, Bath and
Oxford) and with international companies with a UK footprint who are not based in the Principality. In addition, these
research engineers upon graduation will form a critical pillar of a knowledge transfer mechanism into the new industry
sector. This proposal builds on the long term innovative and successful EngD programmes run at Swansea on Steel
Technology introducing a new dimension of UK wide collaboration and with a clear focus on value creation for the UK
economy.
COATED represents an important expansion of EngD activity at Swansea and underpins the success of the IKC. The
ambitions of the SPECIFIC IKC to deliver new technology, jobs and wealth creation can only be realised with the mix of
experienced Technology Transfer Fellows, engaged industry and academic partners (provided through the IKC) and a
continued supply of open minded enthusiastic researchers that COATED can offer. A key new development will be the
engagement with Oxford, Bath and Imperial at EngD level as this will bring cluster activity within those institutions where
currently SPECIFIC has a single postdoctoral researcher. In addition, the EPSRC funding will allow for collaboration with
companies across the UK and with multinational partners with a UK footprint. A key output from COATED alongside the
technological and scientific innovations will be the people who will form part of the emerging new industry creating buildings
that are power-stations. The alignment of Welsh Government, Industry and EPSRC that this programme offers will deliver
these benefits with minimal financial contribution and could be an important model for how the funding organisations can
work successfully together in the future to deliver value to the UK economy.

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Grant Event Details:
Name: COATED: Centre Of Advanced Training for Engineering Doctorates - EP/K503228/1
Start Date: 2012-10-01T00:00:00+00:00
End Date: 2019-03-31T00:00:00+00:00

Organization: Swansea University

Description: Swansea University is the host for the EPSRC/TSB funded Innovation and Knowledge centre, the Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovative Functional Industrial Coatings (SPECIFIC). The SPECIFIC IKC has ambitious targets to create a new billion p ...